Messi’s most expensive car is one Ronaldo tried and failed to buy

That's 1-0 to Messi.
  • Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are rivals both on and off the field.
  • Both sports stars have a taste for rare, valuable cars.
  • So naturally when a Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti was up for sale, they both wanted it.

Published on Oct 31, 2023 at 3:59PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Oct 31, 2023 at 5:56PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Alessandro Renesis
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
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The rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is not limited to soccer.

It extends to their car collections too.

While both the sports stars have enviable fleets, there was a certain one-of-a-kind car they both had their eye on.

And the Argentinian came out on top.

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The players are neck-and-neck for the title of richest sportsman.

According to Forbes, Ronaldo is worth $136 million while Messi sits at $130 million.

Even though Ronaldo has more cash, he missed out on the purchase of a lifetime.

And that purchase is currently sitting in Messi’s garage.

In early 2016 the iconic Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti was up for auction.

With only four units made, this is one of the most coveted cars out there.

Designed specifically for racing, it was the winning car driven by Sir Stirling Moss in the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix.

It’s a well-known fact that Lionel Messi loves rare cars.

He owns one of the three Pagani Zonda Tricolores ever made.

Ronaldo’s most unique car is the Bugatti Centodieci which cost him $9 million and is one of ten.

So when the football players caught wind of the Ferrari auction, they both wanted in.

We don’t know how much Ronaldo bid for it, but we do know that Messi outbid him.

To the tune of $36 million.

This made it the most expensive racing car ever sold at an auction.

The car is impressive even by today’s standards, with a high speed of 186mph.

It was known as the ‘prancing horse of 1957’ and is powered by a 4.0L naturally aspirated V12 engine.

To celebrate his win Messi posted a tongue-in-cheek photo to Instagram.

In it, he held a toy Ferrari with the caption “My new car”.

When you’re that rich, we suppose dropping $36 million is child’s play.

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